SELECTMEN’S MEETING

JULY 14, 2003

 

Chairman Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

Selectman Rogers, Selectman Wiksten, and Selectman Eayrs were present.

Selectwoman Brunelle entered the meeting at 8:25 PM.

 

SELECTMEN’S MINUTES

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of June 30, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve the Executive Minutes of June 30, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve the Minutes of July 7, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

HEARINGS, MEETINGS & LICENSES

Introduction to Frank Albani – Director, Soule Homestead

Mr. Healey introduced Frank Albani as the new Director of the Soule Homestead.

Mr. Albani has replaced Karen Dusek.

Mr. Albani told the Board that he has been farming on the property for the past seven (7) years.

Mr. Albani informed the Board about upcoming events at the Homestead, and encouraged everyone to make a commitment to support the programs at the Homestead.

Public Hearing – Proposed Health Fees

Chairman Perkins read the following: " A public hearing will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleborough, MA, on Monday, July 14, 2003, at 7:05 PM, for the purpose of discussing proposed changes in Middleborough Board of Health Fees. Anyone desiring to be heard on this matter should appear at the time and place designated." The hearing was opened.

Jeanne Spalding reminded the Board that she had previously presented a schedule of proposed fees. She said the proposals were the maximum level that she would advise, and said the Board could adopt fees up to, and including, that amount.

Ms. Spalding noted that there had been two (2) areas of concern with the Board. She presented information regarding what can be charged for copies under State records. This amount can be reflective in search costs.

Ms. Spalding addressed "doubling fees" as a penalty for a late fee and operating without a permit. She noted this is done in the Building Department. Currently, there are no cost efficient means to bring them into compliance.

Mr. Healey said the proposed fees are within range with other communities. He noted this would help generate additional revenue. The proposed increase for 1 year would be $80,000 - $100,000.

Selectman Rogers felt that doubling a fee for being late was excessive. He suggested imposing a $50 or $100 fee.

Mr. Healey noted that most of the proposed fee are in the range of $50 - $100. He noted the amount of time that is spent "chasing down" applicants.

Selectman Wiksten said there should be a grace period. He felt it was excessive for those who might be a couple days late.

Ms. Spalding noted that renewals are sent out 60 – 90 days in advance.

Ms. Spalding also suggested a fee for a separate camp, such as a sports camp. These are also required to be licensed by the State.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To adopt the following proposed Health Fees, adding a $50 sports camp fee and giving a 30 day grace period before doubling fees as a penalty:

Percolation Test $150.00 Per Test Pit

Extension for Perc Permit $ 50.00 (limit of 2 ext. at discretion of

(valid for 2 years) of Health Officer)

Dewatered Perc $ 200.00 per test pit

Overnight Soak $ 400.00 2 Hrs/2 Days

$ 75.00 For each additional hour per lot

Percolation Testing (No Show) $ 50.00

Disposal Works Construction

Under 500 Gallons/day $ 150.00

For Additional Br. over 4 $ 50.00

1000 - 5000 $ 500.00

Pressure Dosed $ 500.00

5000 - 15,000 Gallons/day $1,000.00

Alternative System Permit $ 500.00

Plan Review

0 - 500 $ 50.00

2000 - 5,000 $ 200.00

5000 - 15,000 $ 300.00

Alternative System $ 300.00

Subdivision Plan Review $ 20.00 per Lot

Septic System in Excess of 3 Visits $ 50.00 per Inspection

Disposal Works Installers

New $ 200.00

Renewal $ 150.00

Housing Inspections $ 100.00 per Unit

Lodging Houses $ 10.00/room

Individual Well Permits $ 200.00

Individual Well Repairs $ 100.00

Stable Permit (New) $ 50.00

Stable Permit (Renewal) $ 30.00

Cesspool Pumper/Septage Hauler $ 200.00

Rubbish Hauler $ 200.00

Medical Waste Hauler $ 200.00

Camps/Rec Camps/Trailer Parks $ 200.00

Cabins/Motels $ 10.00 per Room

Family Type Campground $ 200.00

 

Food Service Establishment

Regular $ 100.00

No. of seats x .50 per seat

Retail

200 - 1,000 sq. ft. $ 100.00

1,000+ sq. ft. $ 200.00

Mobile Food $ 200.00

Pushcart/Ice Cream Truck $ 100.00

Wholesale Food Processor $ 500.00

Wholesale Food Warehouse $ 200.00

Temporary Food Service

One Day $ 25.00

Food Service Plan Review $ 75.00

Food Service Plan Review/Commercial $ 200.00

Massage

Therapist $ 50.00

Nail Salons $ 100.00

Title V Certification Report Review $ 25.00

Well Certification Report Review $ 25.00

Sports Camp Fee $ 50.00

Copies

Letter $ 1.00

Legal $ 1.00

Ledger $ 1.00

All Permit Applications to be received by 30 days prior to expiration.

After a 30-Day Grace Period and final due notification, a double fee will be imposed.

Unanimous Vote.

Hearing (cont.) – Request for Title V Variance – Peck – 167 East Grove Street

David Peck was present. He told the Board that he has had meetings with the Water Department and the Health Officer, and is now awaiting the Board’s decision.

Richard Tinkham told the Board that he and the Town Manager had met with Mr. Peck, Mr. Youngquist, Mr. Hashem. Mr. Youngquist is preparing a proposed plan for water service at the location.

Mr. Healey explained that the Board had requested that he work with the abutters to Media Way to install an 8" main, rather than individual services off of East Grove Street. The fact has been established that this is a right-of-way, not a Town road. Each of the abutters has frontage on East Grove Street. He said that there was an effort for Mr. Peck to secure an easement over Mr. Youngquist’s property.

Mr. Peck said that he did not need this, as it would not shorten the service that much.

Mr. Healey said the abutters are not interested in going to the expense of an 8" main in the street.

Selectman Wiksten asked what the intent was when Media Way was put in. Was there an intention to service other properties off of it? He said 200 – 300’ of 1" service is not adequate.

Mr. Peck said he did not know what the intention was, but noted that he did not have to use Media Way, he could use the "pigtail" on his land.

Selectman Wiksten questioned how Mr. Peck was able to build a building without water.

Mr. Peck said he could put a well in.

Selectman Wiksten said that the Board is "trying to correct a wrong". He said a main would increase the value of the property.

Mr. Peck said the property is not his to put the water main on.

Mr. Healey explained that the road is not owned to the center by either party. All of the abutters on Media Way have frontage on Rte. 28 and have an easement to pass over.

Hearing no further comments, Chairman Perkins closed the hearing.

Selectman Wiksten reminded the Board that the request is for a variance to allow a well 140’ away from the septic system.

Upon motion by Selectman Wiksten and seconded by Selectman Rogers, the Board

VOTED: To deny the request made by David Peck for a variance for property at 167 East Grove Street to allow a well to be constructed 140’ away from the septic system.

VOTE 3 – 1 (Selectman Eayrs against)

Mr. Healey asked if the Board would like to review the proposed plan, that would indicate the specific location planned for each service connection. He said this could be reviewed with regard to how water will be provided to the lots.

Selectman Wiksten asked how many feet Comcast sits off the road. Mr. Healey said about 500’.

Mr. Healey said he believed the abutters will be back before the Board to ask for reconsideration of the 8" main.

Selectman Wiksten said he would like to see the whole plan, plus any history of the property that the Planning Board might have.

Mr. Healey suggested the Board schedule a discussion with all property owners.

Meeting with Proposers for Wireless Communication Facility – Town Hall Cupola

Mr. Healey told the Board that AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile had responded to the RFP for the wireless communication facility in the Town Hall. He said both proposals can be accommodated, as they are interested in two (2) different levels. The equipment will not be visible from the street, and meet all concerns. It does not modify the building or infringe on the historic integrity of the building.

Mr. Healey said the income would be considerable. Over a 10 year period, AT&T Wireless would pay $295,930 and T-Mobile would pay $206,349.63.

Representatives from both companies were present to answer questions.

Chairman Perkins asked what kind of access to the Town Hall would be necessary.

Brian Grossman, Attorney for AT&T, told the Board they would need to access the building 1 – 2 times per month for routine maintenance.

Chairman Perkins asked if it would be done during office hours. Both companies agreed this could be done.

Selectman Eayrs asked about the risk of fire. He questioned the amps, antenna unit and transformer.

Ron Farias, Construction Manager for T-Mobile, told the Board that a 100 amp service is required. The room would be climate controlled for the instruments. He there is no fire hazard. There would be two (2) battery racks contained gel batteries, which do not contain acid.

Selectman Eayrs questioned what temperature would be required. Mr. Farias said around 70 degrees, although it can run as low as 20 degrees and as high as 90 degrees. Air conditioning would be installed in the room.

Selectman Eayrs questioned condensation.

Mr. Farias said the unit would sit outside.

Selectman Eayrs asked where the inside unit would fit, and would it pose a structural problem.

Mr. Farias said he has inspected the building.

Brian Sullivan, Real Estate Specialist for T-Mobile, said that a professional engineer would do an analysis.

Selectman Eayrs asked about the weight of the equipment. Mr. Farias said the antenna is light, and other equipment will be lower.

Selectman Eayrs asked if it mattered where the equipment was located in the building. Richard Detch, Site Acquisition Specialist for AT&T, said the equipment can be wired to anywhere in the building. Selectman Eayrs suggested the equipment should be kept in the basement.

Mr. Detch said that once he obtained plans of the building from the Building Department, he would have a better idea. A stamped structural report will be submitted.

Mr. Healey told the Board that the proposers are asking for conditional approval, subject to the review of the final plans. Attorney Grossman said this provision is included in the RFP.

Selectman Eayrs asked if the two (2) companies could work together to find spots for the equipment. Mr. Sullivan said the two (2) companies have cooperated on other ventures.

Selectman Rogers asked about the 100 amp service, and whether or not each carrier would need this.

Mr. Farias explained that they would not need to use the generator, as they would have a battery back-up. He said they would need to tie into a separate service with a separate meter to be sure the Town was not paying for it. Attorney Grossman said AT&T would set up the same.

Selectman Rogers asked about insurance. Mr. Detch said the Town would be named as "Additional Insured".

Chairman Perkins said he was in favor of both requests.

Upon motion by Selectman Rogers and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve the Wireless Communication Facility Proposals submitted by AT&T Wireless for 97’ and T-Mobile for 63’ for the Town Hall Cupola, subject to preparation, review and approval of both lease

agreements and final plans by the Board of Selectmen and the Historic Commission, and review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Unanimous Vote.

Meeting with Historical Commission – RE: South Middleborough School

Members of the Historical Commission met with the Board to discuss the South Middleborough School.

Jane Lopes, Chairman, asked what the current plans are for the property. She asked if the Town was interested in preserving the building.

Ms. Lopes noted that the condition of the building is deteriorating.

Selectman Wiksten said that the Board had changed its previous vote to give the South Middleboro Protective Association a shot at the school. He said it is in "limbo" right now. He said he has spoken to members of the Association who are no longer interested.

Jane Lopes suggested the Board issue an RFP to see if anyone is interested.

Chairman Perkins noted that there had been a question on the septic system.

Mr. Healey said he had had a recent conversation with Martha Dupuis, who is a member of the Association. He said she had thought there would be a directed RFP issued to which they could respond.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To initiate actions to put out a directed RFP for future use of the South Middleborough School, to set 45 days for deadline of submission of proposals, and to schedule a tour of the school within three (3) weeks.

Unanimous Vote.

Bill Turner, Treasurer for the South Middleboro Protective Association, said that they are still interested in taking over the building, doing what they can to restore it. He said the building has a "pretty good" heating system and plumbing, what did not know about the Title V issue. He said the Association would like a change at restoring the building within the limitations of their budget.

Selectman Rogers asked about the possibility of needing the property to expand the current Fire Station.

Chairman Perkins noted that, if not for the Association, the Town would not have a Fire Station.

Selectman Wiksten said there is a question regarding the size of the lot, and what it would take to update the septic system. He said this would all be relevant information to the RFP.

Mr. Healey said that, when the Fire Station septic system was replaced, it was discovered that the Fire Station lot was much larger than it was shown to be on the Assessor’s Maps. He said information has been given to the Assessor’s Office to correct.

Meeting with Weston & Sampson – RE: Update on Projects

Mike Scippione and Barbara Cook, of Weston & Sampson, met with the Board to update various projects.

Project Evaluation Report

Mr. Scippione said that smoke tests have been conducted. The result, to date, is that 13 catch basins have been tied into the waste water basins. He said it is important to segregate the catch basins to reduce the flow to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He said illegal connections, which could have pre-existed, have been found.

Nemasket Interceptor Improvement Project

Mr. Scippione said that the design is complete and has been reviewed by the Conservation Commission. The Massachusetts Historical Commission would like to see if there will be any archaeological impacts, as the project is along the Nemasket River. The Town has sent a letter to DEP to requesting elevation on the priority list. If no grant funding or loans are available, the project will be bid over the winter, and construction will begin in the fall.

Route 28 Water Main (Phase 2a)

This is currently under construction. 770’ of construction has been completed to date. The bid was awarded to P.A. Landers.

Water Main Cleaning & Lining/Road Reconstruction/Drainage (Phase 1)

Ms. Cook explained that a meeting had been held with all departments for underground utilities to see if any other road improvements needs to be done. The cleaning and lining is being done in the downtown area. The project will be bid next week and construction is expected to begin in September.

A separate road work contract will be bid in January 2004 and start in March 2004. The entire project should be done by November 2004.

 

Indian Hill Elevated Water Tank

Ms. Cook explained that the water tank on Indian Hill was going to be painted inside and out. The outside definitely has lead paint and will require a lot more money.

Ms. Cook said they are also looking at the Master Plan and considering other sites for a new storage tank. The cost to repaint the tank is $700,000 and the cost to build a new one would be approximately $1 million.

Ms. Cook said specs are being issued to repaint just inside the tank, which will hold the tank for 5 years or so. In the meantime, a site would be sought for a new tank. The estimated cost for the interior would be $150,000.

Selectman Rogers asked what would happen if the interior was not repainted.

Ms. Cook said it probably would not last until a new one was constructed. She said Tom Payeur had this concern.

Selectman Rogers asked what Mr. Payeur was afraid that would fail.

Ms. Cook said pins need replacing, and seams on the inside of the tank. She said it was last painted in 1986.

Selectman Rogers asked what the effect would be of shutting down the tank complete and using the existing one.

Ms. Cook said this was a possibility.

Richard Tinkham said he could check with Richard Johnson to run a program. Selectman Rogers said it would be worth the evaluation.

Ms. Cook asked if they should hold off on advertising the project.

Selectman Rogers said this was worth looking at. Mr. Healey said the information would be brought back to the Board.

Phase 5 Water Mains

Ms. Cook explained that this is another loop to get water to the Middleborough Industrial park. She said the design was taken to 50%, and suggested holding off from going any further. She said the project may take 3 – 5 years, and it would be possible that a new well would come online.

Phase 4 Water Mains

This is scheduled to be constructed next summer. A survey will be done this fall, and bid in the winter. It will include 7,900 of 12" main in the downtown area.

Rate Study

Selectman Rogers has spoken to Bruce Adams about a scope of work. There are two (2) ways to pay for the improvements. Start assessing, or increased rates.

Selectman Rogers suggested moving forward with the two (2) water projects, as rate increases would not be required. He said an engineer is looking at how to minimize any rate increases.

Selectman Rogers noted that there have been no sewer rate increases since 1991, but the Town needs to be careful not to do all construction during the summer.

Wareham Street Drainage

Ms. Cook said the contract was awarded in May for under $200,000. The grant is for $260,000. The difference will allow for some change orders or minor modifications. It is 20% complete.

Selectman Rogers suggested using the extra money to address the buckling sidewalk on Wareham Street at the dam.

Mr. Healey explained that there are clay pipes, which carried telephone and other lines across the river, which have deteriorated.

Landfill

Mr. Scippoine said the Town needs to decide how it will operate the landfill. He said the design for the next phase is done. He offered spreadsheets to the Committee that is studying the landfill. These give information on how other towns operate and the private sector.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked for an update on the request to DEP to increase to 60 tons per day.

Mr. Scippione said this is being held because of the odor problems that occurred at the landfill. He said DEP is reluctant to give 60 tons until they’re satisfied there will be no further odor problems.

Selectman Eayrs noted that Mr. Scippione had, in the past, provided charts and tables indicating revenue generation. He asked if this could be updated and resubmitted. He said the information is important in terms of the capacity and life of the landfill.

NEW BUSINESS

Update on Budget FY’04

This was discussed under the Town Manager’s Report.

Request to Appoint Conservation Commission Member

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To ratify the appointment of Leonard Ruprecht tot he Conservation Commission to fill a vacancy, with the term to run to 2004.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve Street Name – "Heritage Crossing"

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To approve the name Heritage Crossing for a new street name for a cul de sac to be built off Plymouth Street on Map 42 Lot 4256.

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Use Town Hall Lawn – Central Baptist Church

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To approve the request made by Central Baptist Church to use the Town Hall lawn from 12:00 Noon to about 4:00 PM for a barbecue after the 175th Anniversary Celebration in the Town Hall auditorium on September 7, 2003.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectwoman Brunelle asked that the Church be reminded that no stakes or other objects should be put into the ground because of the sprinkler system.

Request for Legal Counsel – Health Department

Jeanne Spalding is requesting representation in criminal court complaints. Town Counsel says he cannot represent the Town in pressing a criminal complaint.

Chairman Perkins explained that in civil action opposing attorneys argue cases. In criminal cases, it is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. the individual. Private attorneys cannot represent the Commonwealth.

Chairman Perkins said he has a one-on-one appointment with the Plymouth County DA tomorrow morning to discuss this issue, and try to resolve it.

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Wiksten, the Board

VOTED: To authorize the Chairman to speak to the Plymouth County District Attorney.

Unanimous Vote.

Chairman Perkins will provide an update for the Board.

Request to Appoint Auxiliary Officers – Police Chief

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To appoint the following individuals as Auxiliary Officers for 2003 – 2004:

Pedro M. Brache Justin Baggs

Scott Eisnor Ronald Hayes

David Mackiewicz Robert Nordahl

Unanimous Vote.

Request to Approve & Sign Notes – Treasurer/Collector

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To award a bid to First Federal Savings Bank in the amount of $76,924.00 at 1.33% interest for Chapter 90 Renewal monies.

VOTE 4 – 0 – 1 (Selectwoman Brunelle abstained)

OLD BUSINESS

There was no "Old Business" to discuss tonight.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

The Board discussed the FY’04 Budget.

Mr. Healey said that he understood that the Board had raised the estimated Local Receipts by $500,000. He said if this was going to be done, it would be a good idea to increase revenues this year to cover it.

Mr. Healey suggested a trash fee. He asked if the Board was ready to entertain this fee, or would they wait until the Landfill Study Committee came back to the Board.

Mr. Healey said that he had met with Department Heads this afternoon. He explained that the Board went along with the Finance Committee for Town Meeting, but had agreed to work immediately thereafter for revenue generating ideas. He said everyone agrees there will be some layoffs. He asked what the Board wanted him to do in working with the Department Heads to identify what, if anything, to put back. Or, was the Board prepared to go forward with layoffs as they stand.

Selectman Eayrs explained that at the meeting on July 7th, many questions had been asked. The financial officers had said that they would have figures for the next meeting on July 21st.

Selectman Eayrs said he was against imposing a trash and recycling fee. He said that the Board needed to account for every penny before considering any fees. He also noted that one-time revenues were excluded. He asked if the land on Rte. 28 was sold, when would the money be available. He also noted the Simeone offer.

Mr. Healey said he is waiting for a response from the DOR regarding the Simeone offer.

Mr. Healey noted that one of the largest local receipts this year is a one-time item. This is the SPED reimbursement for $128,000.

Mr. Healey said the Board needs to look for a significant new revenue source to replace State Aid. He said this will continue to deteriorate.

Mr. Healey asked what to tell Department Heads. He said he was uncomfortable restoring any positions based on the increased estimates of Local Receipts.

Selectwoman Brunelle said she was not opposed to a trash fee, but felt that there was still work to be done. She noted the Board will approach the Unions and Department Heads regarding other areas. She hoped that Department Heads had looked at their budgets and made adjustments to mitigate some of the layoffs.

Chairman Perkins agreed, noting the Police Department had done this.

Selectman Eayrs suggested that Mr. Healey provide the number of people who will be effected by layoffs, not the positions.

Chairman Perkins asked Mr. Healey to provide the latest figures of revenue sources, and to give an explanation as to what happens when $500,000 is moved. He noted that people are confused over the definitions, such as Free Cash, and Local Receipts.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that Local Receipts have been grossly overestimated for the past three (3) years, and felt that the $500,000 could definitely be covered. She noted that the Board had voted additional Health Fees tonight.

Selectman Wiksten also suggested the Board discuss Early Retirement at the budget meeting next week.

Chairman Perkins agreed, noting the new Bill has more flexibility than the last.

Upon motion by Selectman Rogers and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board

VOTED: To notify any employees who will be laid off in the next two (2) weeks.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Rogers noted that this could always be rescinded, but some Contracts require a 2-week notice.

SELECTMEN’S BILLS

The Board received a bill from the Massachusetts Municipal Association in the amount of $2,478 for dues. Only $1.00 is in the line item. The Board asked that the bill be held for 2 weeks.

OTHER

Update on Plain Street Paving

Selectman Rogers told the Board that he had attended a recent meeting regarding the Plain Street paving. He explained that everything is approved, Takings are complete, and Oak Point has contracted to get started on the project.

Selectman Rogers said that several weeks ago a situation with a developer came about regarding a drainage easement. The discharge is being done onto his development, and the developer is concerned. The developer says he did not know this would be there, and is insisting where it would empty would flood out a lot and be detrimental to the homeowner.

A meeting was held with the engineer and Oak Point. A redraft is being done as to where the easement will go. It is based on Title V. The drainage pipe has been shifted to Mr. Harrington’s property and extended. Oak Point would like this settled before moving on with the project of paving.

Mr. Harrington was given the information, including an aerial photo. Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. Mr. Healey will attend this meeting. Selectman Rogers said he is hopeful that Mr. Harrington will agree to the easement. He said there is one other issue to take care regarding the 100 year storm and the high flow of water. This may have to be channeled directly to the wetlands.

Selectman Eayrs asked how long it would be to get the project going.

Selectman Rogers said more would be known after tomorrow’s meeting. He estimated less than three (3) weeks.

Mr. Healey thanked Selectman Rogers and Selectman Wiksten for getting the parties together to address this. He said that nobody wants to see the project delayed for another winter.

Jeff Caswell, Plain Street, said there are still utilities to remove and trees to cut. He questioned why nothing could be started until this issue was resolved. He noted that the developer was given notice as were all the residents on the street.

Mr. Healey said if the developer filed a law suit, there would be the potential for a serious extended period tie-up. He said they are trying to find a way to avoid this.

Selectman Wiksten agreed, noting that if the Town had not tried to mediate, a cease and desist order could’ve been issued.

Discussion – RE: Weston Forest Committee

Chairman Perkins explained that the Board had received two (2) letters regarding the Weston Forest Committee. One was from Anita Cole, regarding reappointments, and the other was from Lezlie Diggins, who suggested the Committee should be disbanded.

Ms. Diggins’ was present. She said it is her opinion is that the current committee is not effective, and have been effective in creating controversy. She said going forward, the Board should consider a longer term approach. She made three (3) suggestions.

  1. appoint a new committee with members that are committed to the community and the preservation of resources given to the Town for the benefit of the entire community and not for their own self-interest and/or benefit, or have any conflict or appearance of conflict.
  2. The Board seeks other professional land management organizations, outside of the town to assist in the management and preservation of this property.
  3. The Board establishes a committee that shall have a representation of both Town members and professional land management members to develop guidelines for the management and preservation of this particular piece of property. And subsequently appoint a management team.

Ms. Diggins said her suggestion is to implement #3. She volunteered to assist the Board in doing this. She said the outside professionals could include the Audubon Society, and the Fisheries & Wildlife Commission.

Chairman Perkins noted that the appointments for the current members have expired. He said he would not be opposed to asking current members and others who might want to serve.

Selectman Wiksten agreed that the Committee needs to be "shaken up". He said he would look favorably to do something to this effect. He was not saying current members wouldn’t be eligible to apply. He said he had never known the land was town-owned, and suggested an aggressive group to go in there and make it something, looking for grants or backing.

Harry Pickering, a member of the current Committee, said there have been many misconceptions. He said the Committee did not have charge of the property for the last 5 – 10 years, noting that it had been formed in the last 1 ½ years. He said the Board had given the Committee a list that needed to be done, and the Committee responded.

Mr. Pickering said the Committee felt bringing the question of hunting to the Board was the proper thing to do. He said a big issue was made by the Selectmen, and then abutters became involved.

Mr. Healey asked Ms. Diggins if she had been in contact with any of the Land Management Organizations throughout the State.

Ms. Diggins said she had contacted the Audubon Society, the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, and the Fisheries & Wildlife Commission.

Mr. Healey said those organizations could be helpful in developing information about the property, in terms of future use and educational use.

Selectman Eayrs agreed with Mr. Pickering. He said "dumping the Committee" is not a wise thing to do. He said getting land agencies involved, in the future, is a good idea and something the Committee can do.

Selectwoman Brunelle said that some of Ms. Diggins suggestions were worth considering. She said there was no reason the Committee couldn’t be expanded.

Selectman Wiksten asked if the whole Committee was asking to be reappointed.

Selectman Eayrs said the Board should assume all members wish to be reappointed as they have not received any resignations. He felt that Ms. Diggins comments should be passed on.

Selectman Rogers suggested that the Committee should review all Town land.

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To reappoint the current members of the Weston Memorial Committee for a term of 1 year.

VOTE 4 – 1 (Selectman Wiksten opposed)

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board

VOTED: To expand the present Weston Memorial Committee to include two (2) additional members at-large and two (2) members to represent professional land management organizations and a State entity.

Unanimous Vote.

Selectman Rogers noted a letter from Anita Cole requesting to use monies from the Fred Weston Memorial fund.

Upon motion by Selectwoman Brunelle and seconded by Selectman Eayrs, the Board

VOTED: To refer the letter from Anita Cole to the Town Manager to follow-up.

Unanimous Vote.

Title V Update

Selectman Rogers told the Board that Jeanne Spalding had arranged a seminar, which he and Selectwoman Brunelle attended, to update existing changes for Title V as of January 1, 2004.

Selectman Rogers said the perc test rate will increase to 60 inches per minutes. As a result, some small lots in Town, previously not buildable, will pass a perc test. He questioned how the Town will be affected by this.

Selectman Rogers suggested looking at soil maps to determine what areas did not perc, and what amount of land might open up. He suggested the Town might adopt the existing regulations for one (1) and then accept the DEP change at the next annual Town Meeting in June.

Chairman Perkins said he would be interested in further discussion.

Selectwoman Brunelle suggested a public hearing be held for additional input.

Mr. Healey said the new regulation "scared" him, noting that the Town is still dealing with impacts of changes the DEP made awhile back. He said he is not convinced that increasing the rate to 60 minutes will result in anything but potential problems.

Jeanne Spalding told the Board that she has a perc test on video for anyone to view the procedure. She also suggested, if the new rate was adopted, conditions should be implemented.

The Board will discuss this further in August.

Meeting with Carver Board of Selectmen

Chairman Perkins told the Board that he, along with the Carver Board, had drafted a letter addressed to Congressmen William Delahunt and Barney Frank. The request is for federal grant money to assist with new water sources, infrastructure and a mutually beneficial system to meet the needs of both municipalities.

Chairman Perkins asked the Board to review the letter for approval for signatures next week.

Chairman Perkins noted that there is not a meeting scheduled for August. The next meeting will be the first Saturday in September, in Carver.

CORRESPONDENCE

 

 

 

Upon motion by Selectman Eayrs and seconded by Selectwoman Brunelle, the Board

VOTED: To adjourn at 10:30 PM.

Unanimous Vote.

 

Diane Henault, Secretary

BOARD OF SELECTMEN